This is Mitosis and it is used to make life; both in your past and in your present. It's made out of plywood and covered in felt with two shelves built in to place keyboards on. The keyboards are then connected to two amps that are placed inside the the structure. You can't really tell but this 6ft long structure resembles the point at which a cell divides into two daughter cells or like a peanut (for the sake of the project imagine the first). The three songs were half improvised and half composed, allowing Electricat- an art band that plays primarily at Cal State Long Beach for my sculpture projects; I am the girl he is my brother- to have free range of how long we want to play each piece but requires us to communicate constantly through eye contact or melodic phrasing.
I came up with such an elaborate concept to back up this piece; making sure there was a point to every little detail just in case I was asked to explain it, but the night before the actually performance I didn't see it relevant at all. I didn't want to make this piece with all of this meaning and depth I just wanted to make something that engaged the audience in a positive way. Why do I need a complicated concept? Why do I need to explain why I'm making something? Why do people want to pin so much meaning to art? Why aren't they satisfied with the pure enjoyment of seeing something that someone else made? I can't say I didn't pin depth to this project but I definitely think that that idea- just wanting to make something for enjoyment- is way better than all of my explanations of why I did do it.
I'm not trying to trick you. I'm not trying to be better than you. I'm not even trying to make you think. I just want you to be happy for 8minutes or so, that is my art.
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